Posts Tagged ‘Deconsecration’

Otago church hit by lightning before deconsecration

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

An Otago church ended its more than 150-year run last month, but not before being struck by an ‘‘act of God”. The final service and deconsecration at St Mary’s Anglican Church, in Omakau, was performed without lighting or an electric organ on February 21 after a storm four days earlier blew its electricity supply. Vicar, Read more

Church deconsecrated

Friday, December 20th, 2013

St Joseph’s Church in Douglas St, Timaru, New Zealand, was deconsecrated during a service last Sunday. The church has not been used for regular mass for the past five years and its deconsecration gave about 200 past parishioners a chance to say goodbye. Deconsecration removes the religious blessing placed on the building, in preparation for Read more

Cathedral now just another ruin

Friday, November 11th, 2011

On Wednesday the 130-year-old spiritual centrepiece of Christchurch was reduced to an ordinary ruin. And all in the space of half an hour. Up to 350 people gathered under a leaden sky in Cathedral Square for the service of deconsecration, led by Bishop Victoria Matthews. They were principally cathedral people but a scattering of civic Read more